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Ynyshir (Welsh: Ynys-hir), meaning "Long Island" in English, is a village in the Rhondda Valley in south Wales. Up until the mid 18th century Ynyshir was a sparsely populated agricultural area and the village takes its name from a farm in the area. In the 1840s the first deep coal mine was sunk in the village.

In 1841 the Taff Vale Railway reached neighbouring Dinas and with the train came far greater commercial opportunities for prospective colliery owners. Shepherd and Evans sank the first deep mine in Ynyshir in 1845. The mine was subsequently bought by Francis Crawshay to supply the Crawshay Ironworks in Treforest. The Ynyshir colliery would be followed by the Ynyshir Steam Colliery, Standard 1 pit in 1875 and Standard 2 pit in 1876 and then in 1904 the famed Lewis Merthyr opened in 1905.

 Libraries in Ynyshir:
 Ynyshir Library
       Ynyshir Road
       CF39 0EN
 01443 687711
 Mon 2:00pm-5:15pm
       Tue 9:30am-1:00pm
       Wed 1:00pm-5:15pm
       Thur 9:30am-12:00
       Fri 5:00pm-8:00pm
       Sat 9:00-to 12:00pm
 Wheelchair Access

 Pubs/Bars in Ynyshir:
 Ynyshir Hotel
       43 Ynyshir Road
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF39 0EL

 Schools/Colleges in Ynyshir:
 Ynyshir Infants School
       Gynor Place
       Rhondda Cynon Taff
       CF39 0NR
 01443 682480

 Ynyshir Junior School
       Llanwonno Road
       CF39 0HU
 01443 685208


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